Archive for July, 2014

Mirasol Sulka Nina

Saturday, July 26th, 2014

First appearances are everything when it comes to choosing a knitting pattern, starting with the shape, the fit, and the tiny details that distinguish it from all the rest, yet ultimately it is the feel of the yarn that will hold your interest and get you to the finish line.  If you are a tactile knitter (aren’t we all?), this brand new quality from Mirasol might spoil you for all the others.  Geared towards the minimalist, who appreciates the finest in luxury fibres, Sulka Nina is spun in a swishy blend of merino, silk and alpaca, a classic dk weight arriving in shops now for early fall knitting in a wide array of heathery tones…… and by the way, this stunner of a yarn is an exact replica of Sulka, only scaled down to offer the best of both worlds.

Here is a peek at our line up of designs for Fall/Winter 2014 to knit in Sulka Nina

 

M5077

m5077

If it ain’t got that swing………..and in this case its the silky drape of Sulka Nina that makes it the ideal choice for this dressy cropped cardi featuring wide angle fronts that sway with the slightest of movements. Claret (shown above).

 

m5079

m5079

You’ve got to accentuate the positive………..clean lines are far from ordinary as this eye-catching chevron hem pullover clearly demonstrates with set-in sleeves and a crew neck to balance the look.  Cypress (shown above).

 

m5078

m5078

Time after time………. its the classics that stick around and become our constant companions as in this cabled cardigan designed with a soft silhouette and a slimming v neck.  Bark (shown above).

 

m5081

m5081

Working 9 to 5…………. is a breeze in this slipover vest beautifully textured in an intricate-looking basket weave stitch, a sharp little office cover-up designed to make the shift from early fall into deep winter.  Cinnamon (shown above).

 

m5076

m5076

Living for the weekend…………. and switching into relaxed gear just doesn’t get any easier with this casual pullover, designed to look fresh and modern with sleeves pushed up to three quarter length and the back hem let out just a notch.  Moss stitch borders add a simple finish and a tad more substance to the overall sleek look.  Blackberry (shown above).

Noro 1.2.3

Saturday, July 12th, 2014

Keeping it light and simple, that is the key to knitting in the sultry, sticky weather. Wherever you may be unwinding to enjoy the dog days of summer, this hot new release from Noro gets a thumbs up from us and should be high on your list of pack ‘n’ go essentials, with a mesmerizing line-up of thirty projects to knit in three skeins or under.  Confirming the fact that a little Noro goes a long way, this collection of quick knits showcases the brilliance and unsurpassed artistry of one of the most cherished yarns in the world.

 

Noro 1.2.3 Skeins

Noro 1.2.3 Skeins

With an adventurous spirit and touch of whimsy, knitted accessories have never looked so tempting.  In this fourth installment of the Knit Noro book series, creativity overflows as a team of talented designers pull out all the stops to include a project for every skill level and style preference.  From rainbow-hued shawls, cowls, and capelets, to fanciful mitts, beanies, and much more, take a peek at what’s inside-

 

Twig Lace Shrug

Twig Lace Shrug

Shrugs are increasing in popularity this season, heading up the ‘must knit’ list as a cross between a shawl and a bolero, always ready to slip on to chase away the chill.  Knit in Ayatori, a plush mix of wool and silk available in an understated colour palette, this Twig Lace Shrug in knit in one piece, with a pretty back panel edged in seed stitch.  Requires three balls.  Col. #15 (shown above).

 

Pleated Cowl

Pleated Cowl

A well-crafted topper for sleeveless shells and dresses, this Pleated Cowl combines short row shaping amidst vibrant shifting colour.  Knit in Noro’s irresistible Shiraito, a splurge of cashmere, angora, and wool. Two skeins required.  Col. #31 (shown above).

 

Honeycomb Cable Hat

Honeycomb Cable Hat

Capping it off in dramatic style, this Honeycomb Cable Hat forges a bond between homespun texture and spirited colour.  Knit in Kirara, a dk weight spin in wool, cotton, silk and angora.  Two skeins required.  Col. #13 (shown above).

 

Head Kerchief

Head Kerchief

Short and sweet, this Head Kerchief keeps the look cool and refreshed, whether its a bad hair day, or a change it up sort of day.  Knit with one ball of Silk Garden Lite, a high-end blend of silk, mohair and lambswool in rich jewel tones.  Col. #2080 (shown above).

The Kids Are All Knitting

Saturday, July 5th, 2014

Keeping kids busy this summer, all ninety-four days of it may seem pretty simple, but when you factor in the ever-changing weather it does have its challenges, especially at that precarious age when a bag of water balloons, a pail of beach toys, or a stack of books may not get the same enthusiastic reaction as it did in previous years.  Offering them a pair of knitting needles might just ignite their creative interest and start the ball rolling.  Beginning with a small project right off the bat is the best approach, a scarf, a cowl or a hat requires a shorter attention span and greater satisfaction as a result.

 

Head Start by Sirdar

Head Start by Sirdar

A fresh idea from Sirdar, Head Start is a project in a ball, topped off with a fuzzy flash of faux fur.  This yarn is soft and cosy, yet thick enough to make it rewarding for first time knitters.  Look for all four shades- Pink Rocks, Soda Pop, Teen Spirit, and Electric Blue.  Hat pattern included on label.

 

Head Start Scarf by Sirdar

Head Start Scarf by Sirdar

A great follow-up to the Head Start hat kit, this scarf project requires two balls and a pair of 10 mm needles.  Kids will learn the basic knit stitch quickly with this super chunky yarn and enjoy a few hours of simple enjoyment, working with their hands and creating a trendy accessory to wear when the weather cools down.  Also a great little kit to giftwrap for birthdays.

 

Big Impact Cowl by Wisdom Yarns

Big Impact Cowl by Wisdom Yarns

The arm knitting craze shows no signs of slipping away, quite the contrary, it is gaining more momentum as fall yarns appear on the horizon in luscious new colours and textures.  This technique utilizes both arms in much the same way as knitting needles to create a very loose airy scarf or cowl.  Its a great way to keep the kids occupied while on a road trip, around the campsite, or anytime a group activity is required.  This Big Impact Cowl is a speedy project, worked over six stitches with two strands of yarn held together.  Requires two balls of Poems Forte by Wisdom Yarns.  FREE Pattern.